ry-om: laptops and guitars: electronic noise and acoustic soundscapes
ry-om are a London-based two-piece, and consist of Tom Shelton and Ryo Ikeshiro. Using laptops, guitars, feedback loops, synths, instrumental samples and vocals, they create electronic noise and acoustic soundscapes. All music is improvised and performed live without sequencing, and varies from pulses to irregular rhythms, tonality to dissonance, digital glitches to acoustic instruments, and rich, reverb-drenched textures to austere, upfront bleeps. The result is somewhere between electronica, noise and electroacoustic music.
September 8, 2007 Subject:
Many plusses for this "Minus"
The experimental noise-based soundscape-ism genre suffers in general by lack of accessibility and an unapologetic lack of concern of its status in the eye of the beholder. It is not very common to find music that stays honest and true to this aesthetic but is easily approachable by the unfamiliar ear. Ry-Om have achieved this dichotomy in "Minus". That the sound quality is impeccable goes without saying. The composition of these pieces is more organized and deliberate than a majority of work in the genre appear to have. Both gentle and abrassive sounds are masterfully intermeshed and manipulated, generating a sonic photograph of stark sensations and undeniable beauty.